As a lifelong resident, an avid outdoorsman and a Leon County Commissioner, I know firsthand the many natural wonders and public amenities that our community and the North Florida region offers. I also serve on the Leon County Tourist Development Council, which provides guidance on the county’s efforts to attract visitors to our destination and ways to encourage those already here on business to get out of their hotel to explore the area.
With your help, I want to share with everyone — visitors and new residents — all the amazing outdoor and recreational opportunities our area offers. Whether your interests include hiking, bicycling, running, paddling or horseback riding, the outdoor recreational opportunities and scenic beauty our area offers sets us apart from the rest of the country.
I have competed in Iron Man competitions, marathons and climbed mountains across the globe, but the world-class outdoor activities available in our own backyard amaze me. My hope is to raise the awareness of these abundant outdoor features by enlisting your participation.
Fortunately, Leon County has the perfect social media vehicles for capturing, cataloging and marketing these adventures through Trailahassee.com and #IHeartTally. Together, we can encourage each other to be ambassadors of our community by sharing videos and photos of our love for our outdoors.
One recent outing gave me the chance of combining two of my favorite activities — fishing and kayaking for the first time. I teamed up with Harry Smith of Tally Yakkers Outfitters in Railroad Square for an early morning fishing trip in the Panacea area.
We started the day greeted by calm water and a spectacular North Florida sunrise — the scenery was absolutely stunning. We caught fish — lots of fish: ladyfish, speckled trout, catfish and some sharks. Fishing by kayak was everything I wanted and more! I urge you to get out of the house and take advantage of the abundant outdoor activities we're blessed with in our area — take someone with you and make some memories.
The next time that you enjoy a bike ride down the St. Marks Trail or an afternoon hike with the family or friends on one of our beautiful greenways, remember to capture the moment and share it on Trailahassee.com and #IHeartTally. Let’s show others in our region and the rest of the world what they are missing.
Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge has served the citizens of District 4 since 2006. He can be reached at 606-5300 or DeslogeB@LeonCountyFL.gov .